Mid-Cretaceous Burmese Amber Preserves Alien-Looking Insect – Sci-News.com

In a paper published in the journal Cretaceous Research, Oregon State University researchers described a never-before-seen insect species found in a piece of 100-million-year-old amber excavated from a mine in Myanmar (previously known as Burma).

Aethiocarenus burmanicus in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. The specimen originated from the Noije Bum 2001 Summit Site mine excavated in the Hukawng Valley in 2001 and located southwest of Maingkhwan in Kachin State, Myanmar; based on paleontological evidence this site was dated to the late Albian of the Early Cretaceous, placing the age at 97 to 110 million years ago. Image credit: G. Poinar Jr. / A.E. Brown.

“Amber from Myanmar has revealed very interesting fossils, many of which represent extinct lineages that have no close association with any extant groups,” the authors said.

“Previous examples include flies with horn-like…

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